Pep pleased, Mourinho morose

Updated 21 October 2017
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Pep pleased, Mourinho morose

LONDON: Pep Guardiola has told Manchester City that records mean nothing unless you back them up with trophies and titles.
The City boss was speaking after his side beat Burnley 3-0 at home to go five points clear at the top of the Premier League, with neighbors Manchester United suffering a shock 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield.
Goals from Sergio Aguero, Nicolas Otamendi and Leroy Sane gifted the hosts the three points at the Etihad Stadium and gave City their 11th straight victory, a new club record. But that did not bother Guardiola who challenged his table toppers to go on and grab silverware.
“The record is good if you lift something, titles or a trophy. It means a lot. Of course it is not easy to win 11 in a row, so it’s good,” the City boss said.
That Guardiola and Co. enjoy a five-point gap on top of the Premier League is partly thanks to United’s surprise loss at newly promoted Huddersfield. Goals from Aaron Mooy and Laurent Depoitre gave the hosts a two-goal advantage before half-time substitute Marcus Rashford pulled a goal back.
But the Terriers held on to register a famous win. And Jose Mourinho admitted that the better team won.
“I’m disappointed, but the reality is they were stronger than us. I prefer to be at peace with football and to be at peace with football is when the best team wins,” the United boss said.
“A bad team deserves to be punished.”


Tearful Tiger Woods breaks duck in emotional scenes at Tour Championship

Updated 32 min 15 sec ago
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Tearful Tiger Woods breaks duck in emotional scenes at Tour Championship

  • The Big Beast caps a remarkable turnaround to claim first title since 2013.
  • This time last year it was feared Tiger's career was over.

LONDON: Tiger Woods was moved to the brink of tears after capturing his first title since 2013 with a two-stroke triumph at the Tour Championship in Atlanta on Sunday that proved he was far from washed up at the age of 42.
Tossing aside five years of career-threatening injury woes, Woods reasserted his status as the best frontrunner in the history of the sport, leading throughout the final round and finishing at 11-under-par 269 at East Lake.
With the massive gallery chanting his name as they stampeded the final fairway in scenes reminiscent of British Opens of yesteryear, Woods moved within two victories of Sam Snead’s all-time record of 82 PGA Tour titles.
“I was having a hard time not crying coming up the last hole,” he said.
“All of a sudden it started hitting me I was going to win the tournament.
“I’ve been sitting on 79 (wins) for five years now. To get 80 is a pretty damn good feeling.”
After carding 71, Woods walked off to a big kiss from girlfriend Erica Herman and a hug from agent Mark Steinberg as security tried to keep the frenzied fans at bay.
The victory capped off a season that started with questions over whether Woods, now 10 years removed from his 14th major title, would even be able to play a full schedule after undergoing spinal fusion surgery in April 2017.
“My body was a wreck,” recalled Woods, who hoped the operation would alleviate debilitating back and leg pain.
“The low point was not knowing whether I would be able to live pain-free again.
“I was beyond playing. I couldn’t sit, I couldn’t walk, I couldn’t lay down without feeling the pain in my back and leg.”